I had another post started based on AG Barr's outrageous comments comparing lockdowns during a pandemic to slavery but then Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away and I have to write this one.
I am so deeply saddened by Justice Ginsburg's death. She was a remarkable woman. My sincerest condolences go to her family, friends and colleagues.
And Mitch McConnell showed his hypocrisy, again.
You'll remember that Mitch McConnell blocked President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland for 11 months in 2016 because he said the American people should get to choose through the election. Now we have an election in 6 weeks, and Leader McConnell says the American people chose through the elections of 2016 and 2018 and so President Trump's nominee will get a vote on the Senate floor.
I don't want to hear any more conservatives piously opining about how great America used to be. In 2016, in the US Senate - it wasn't that great. Now, we are teetering on the brink of forever destroying our democracy.
Which is it, Leader McConnell? We can't even hold hearings for the year before a presidential election, or we need to hurry up and get a republican president's nominee through in the 6 weeks before the election?
Careful, Leader McConnell - your hypocrisy is showing.
I don't want to hear any more conservative pious whining about how America used to be great, and God is angry with us for this that and the other. I never heard Jesus say anything about America, or the Constitution, or Christianity, for that matter. I can't find where Jesus ever said anything about homosexuality or abortion or the "sanctity" of marriage.
I do hear him talk about hypocrisy.
Mark 7:6-7 (NRSV. https://www.biblestudytools.com/nrs/. Online, available 9/19/20)
6 He said to them, "Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written, "This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines.'
We have a president who talks about God as though he believes, but then shows that he believes in nothing but himself. We have elected officials who talk about God, but then disenfranchise voters to keep themselves in power. We have elected officials who lock frightened people in cages, and rip their terrified children out of their arms. And don't even get me started about the reports of the vile practice of sterilizing immigrant women against their will.
We have powerful men who will do anything to overturn Roe v. Wade - and I can't help but wonder if they have kept their own pants zipped except in their marital bedrooms. How many abortions have they sponsored? And how is it that some of the most ardent anti-gay proponents are themselves gay?
We have a God who empowers women, and powerful men who disempower them. You'll never convince me that part of the reason why Hillary Clinton wasn't elected is for the simple reason that she is a woman. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez is called a bitch by one of her colleagues because she is a woman. My daughter is forbidden from preaching in some pulpits because she is a woman.
And I can't help but believe that part of the rage against President Obama was (is) because he is black. Remember the scandal when he wore a khaki colored suit? That was the best they could do, but now we have a president who interferes with election, mocks the disabled, teargases legal protestors, cheats on his wives, assaults women, and couldn't find "two" Corinthians if it was placed in front of him, and those who could make a difference look the other way.
Your hypocrisy is showing.
Conservatives claim to believe in the Constitution and to be the party of the Constitution but then look away when a demagogue does whatever he wants to violate it. It is all about power, and preventing abortion - see paragraph 11.
Your hypocrisy is showing.
Rest in peace, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. You fought the good fight, and now you rest. Hopefully there will be another like you to pick up your mantle and stand for the powerless.
11 badass Ruth Bader Ginsburg quotes that will make you want to fight harder for equality. https://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/ruth-bader-ginsburg-quotes/
https://changingworld.com/pub/media/catalog/product/cache/066c2a979193e2b3a2b6e952bb825a92/5/-/5-wom.jpg. Online available 9/19/2020